Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, a representative body for independent social care services in the UK, joined Health and Social Care professionals, local schools, colleges and support groups, people supported, carers, friends and relatives and the Precious Homes team on 18th October 2017 for guided tours around the state-of-the-art new services and social enterprise.
The new care service operates a three-tiered pathway model from residential care through to supported living providing individuals with a ‘Transition Care Pathway’ on site, enabling a step-down to more independent living and reduced support over time.
The Social Enterprise – L’uccello café – offers a fantastic new café and polytunnels for horticultural activities along with certified courses and training opportunities on site for the people we support across our services. L’ccello café was the focal point with people we support serving drinks and refreshments – really bringing the café to life! Midlands Director of Operations, Debbie Allsworth adds, “L’uccello Café was bursting at the seams – the buzz was really incredible!”
Falcon Mews offers eleven self-contained flats and vast communal space including two large living, dining and social areas as well as a beautiful big garden and patio area with hot tub and sunken trampoline. This is a Supported Living Plus service, with the ‘plus’ being the generous array of communal space. Sitting in the pathway model between residential (Swan Court) and Supported Living (Robin’s View), Falcon Mews has been designed to support people with higher levels of needs on their journey towards independence.
Robin’s View is a seven flat Supported Living service which has a little less communal space to encourage independence and skill development, with luscious shared gardens throughout.
Professor Martin Green said: “It’s great to see yet another example of fantastic services being developed by Precious Homes. This is about giving people a life, not a service. It’s about giving people the opportunities to have a good quality life. It’s so clear to see when you go to Precious Homes’ services that they are people’s homes and people are really defining what goes on in them. I feel very privileged to be here to do the official opening of what I know is going to be a great home for people.”
Mitesh Dhanak, Managing Director of Precious Homes, said: “I would like to thank Martin and everyone who attended today; most especially the team behind the services here in Birmingham. A lot of creativity, time and determination have gone into making these services as amazing in reality as they were in vision. A huge thank you to the whole team.”